We all know the big problem with fleas and dogs getting rid of fleas on your dog and be vital to your dog's health so staying on top of this issue can save your dog some serious health problems so here is 7 natural ways you can get rid of fleas from your dog.
. Use a flea comb
A flea comb is an easiest and most effective way of getting rid of fleas. It keeps your pet well groomed, healthy and happy (as it gets all that attention!). Buy a good quality product that combs all fleas out of all sizes, including eggs and larvae. Most eggs and larvae do not reside on the pet but in case they do, you don’t want to leave them out. Before using a flea comb with narrow teeth, make sure the fur on your dog is not tangled to avoid pain when you comb it. I use these combs on my two dogs.
2. Enhance your dog shampoo
While there are many flea specific shampoos on the market, you can also turn ordinary dog shampoo into a flea shampoo at home. Add half a cup of any good dog shampoo to half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two cups of water. Pour this mixture in a bottle and use it to bathe your pet every week. For larger breeds, increase the quantities in proportion. After you bathe your pet, do not let your pet run around in grassy trails or lawns where fleas reside. Continue to comb the pet’s fur thoroughly and bag all the fleas.
3. Use apple cider vinegar to repel fleas
Add one teaspoon full of fermented apple cider vinegar to a quarter liter of water and let your dog drink this throughout the day. The apple cider vinegar keeps the skin/coat of the dogs slightly acidic which naturally repels fleas and even ticks for that matter. While it is a good idea to keep your pet’s coat slightly acidic, do not directly apply the ACV to the skin since it irritates broken skin. Consult your vet as to how much ACV your pet might safely ingest based on its body weight.
4. Wash bedding and use heat
Wash all bedding designated for your pet and also any other fabric your pet is likely to lie upon. You will be surprised how easily you can get rid of the fleas, eggs, and larvae when you wash with a strong detergent. Drying is effective too when it comes to killing eggs, larvae and adult fleas. If the fabric can be put in a dryer, you should dry it in the electric dryer on maximum heat for best results.
5. Use boric acid powder
Use boric acid powder (or Borax) to dust areas that are not exposed to sunlight and areas where the humidity is higher than 50 percent. Make sure your dog doesn’t lick off the boric acid powder as some dogs don’t tolerate it. After a couple of days, all the eggs will dry out and get neutralized. The larvae will also suffocate to death. After this, all you need to do is vacuum away the debris and the boric acid powder.
Use two drops of lavender oil or tea tree oil in one teaspoon of water and apply the solution all over your dog’s collar or sprinkle the solution on a kerchief and tie it around your dog’s neck. This will keep the fleas at bay.
7. Periodically vacuum the floor
Fleas like moist and warm areas. If you are not diligent about cleaning and vacuuming, think again. Your pet goes around the home all day and probably rests in every nook and corner of the house. So do vacuum it periodically and thoroughly in order to prevent fleas from multiplying and infesting your entire house and yard.
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